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What are the Rights of Conquered and Colonized Peoples?

The Crown (in its democratic emanation) owns all real property in Canada, in that it has the final say on its use through the instrument of expropriation, justified by the doctrine of eminent domain. Individuals and corporations may use and trade property rights, but these rights exist on sufferance of the Crown. The Crown may

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Mystery Payments Cost Us Millions

We taxpayers are on the hook for $10 million in payments we cannot know anything about. Some secrecy might be justified in matters of national security, but these are payments from mainstream departments. The Public Accounts for 2015-2016 show two large ‘mystery payments’: one for $7.5 million, the other for $2.5 million. We know who

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Bring on Photo Radar

Why is a human touch required in the measurement of vehicular speed? It’s fair for a member of the police force to measure your speed but somehow it becomes unfair for a machine to do exactly the same thing. In both cases, if your speed is excessive, a fine results. Why do people have a

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Random Events in Election Campaigns

A persuasive post Fooled by Randomness, with the Narrative to Prove It asserts that random events were the most important events in the US election, far more significant than after-the-fact theories about brilliant or flawed political strategies: giving two examples, two key essentially random events relate to revelations from a sex tape and then from

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A Parliament of Owls?

The collective noun for a group or owls is called a ‘parliament’.  The conventional explanation is that: owls are considered wise; parliaments should be wise; therefore a group or owls is a parliament of owls.   This is either wishful or avian thinking.  Most parliaments are not wise – and mostly don’t even try to

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Cultural Appropriation

A year ago, in my community of Farm Point, there was a controversy when a couple of European descent arrived at a community Hallowe’en Party dressed as Indians. I use the word ‘Indians’ to describe the costumes as more appropriate to old Hollywood films. Although I was not there, I was told that many people

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Should Our Courts ‘Make’ Laws?

  The Prime Minister has recommended (to the Governor General) the appointment of Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada.  Judge Rowe had been serving on the Newfoundland Court of Appeal when he applied to the position.   In his application, Judge Rowe writes that “Supreme Court judges ordinarily make law, rather than simply

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Canadian Values?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leadership Candidate Kellie Leitch have vastly different views on Canadian values. Mr. Trudeau believes “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada”. Ms. Leitch argues “I don’t think it’s intolerant to believe in a set of values that we expect everyone to share here and include those people

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Facebook Click Bait

Facebook is already full of advertisements, both in the news feed and on the right of the page.  Over and above this, there is Facebook click bait, tempting headings which take you to a site where you are bombarded with more advertising, and get cookies, tracking software and possibly adware installed without your agreement.  The

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Let’s make a list of of Trumpeters

Conrad Black: This is how democracy is supposed to work “He’s got ’em on the list — he’s got ’em on the list; And they’ll none of ’em be missed — they’ll none of ’em be missed.” (The Mikado)   The Financial Post quotes Conrad Black as saying “Either Trump or Clinton would make a capable

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